Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) for Hair Loss
Hair loss is a chronic progressive problem that is multifactorial. Genetics, illness, medications, etc. all affect hair loss. That is why it is important to understand that the treatment is long term and involves multiple modalities for optimal outcomes.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is one of the tools that is being used for hair regeneration. It works by utilizing the growth factors present within the platelets (one of the components of blood). There are many other important components of the treatment plan that also deserve to be mentioned as they all work together to keep your hair at its best genetic potential.
Looking for medical causes of hair loss, avoiding activities that can accelerate hair loss, the use of low light therapy, and adequate nutrition, are all very important factors to consider when it comes to treating this problem.
PRP can help with angiogenesis (creating new blood vessels), activate stem cells and stimulate hair growth through various cellular mechanisms. The growth factors and proteins within the platelets are released around the hair follicle to help with the regeneration process. It also works by reducing the inflammation around the hair follicle caused by various factors such as hormones, autoimmune disease etc. In simple terms, it stimulates new hair follicles to grow but “waking-up” the stem cells and creating new blood vessels. It is the “on-switch” that would allow hair follicles to grow. Other modalities, such as low-level light therapy, topical minoxidil and oral Finasteride, can stop further hair loss and create the necessary optimal environment for hair growth.
PRP contains essential proteins that accelerate natural hair growth. The treatment can also be combined with hair transplant, low-level light therapy, or medications such as Propecia and Minoxidil. PRP therapy for hair loss is a treatment that involves withdrawing a patient’s own blood, processing it so that only the enriched cells (platelet-rich plasma) remain, and injecting it into scalp.